Each week, NORCAL Hockey selects three teams, players, coaches or volunteers as their Three Stars of the Week. Winners will be featured during an intermission report on an FSN Bay Area telecast during a Sharks game and on SJSHARKS.com. Here are this week’s winners.
John Hamer was hired as NORCAL General Manager at the beginning of the 2003-04 season. In his time as general manager he had brought an extensive background to the job both from the business side and the hockey side. On the business side, he is a seasoned product manager and on the hockey, a longtime fan, former NORCAL parent and club official, and an active adult player. John’s NORCAL duties for the past four seasons have included the team placement process, serving on disciplinary and penalty review, organizing the annual Select Camp and coordinating all post season activities, including the Mite Jamboree and A/B Playoffs. His contributions continue to exceed the duties he was anticipating when first taking on the job but he has done them with honor. The NORCAL youth hockey community would like to take the opportunity to thank John for his hard work and dedication.
NORCAL Hockey has to thank Mr. Russell Tolchard. After growing up in Toronto, Russell moved to the Bay Area in 1958. In doing so he found that the opportunities for youngsters to play hockey in the area were extremely limited at best. In fact, at that time, only an adult league, along with some in-house programs, were available. In 1961, Russell and partner Dick Ryerson began junior hockey in San Francisco at the old arena in the Sunset District. Soon thereafter, teams from Berkeley, Santa Rosa, and Walnut Creek began competing leading to the formation of NORCAL. Over the past 45 years, many of the Bay Area’s youth have been able to participate in youth hockey due to the efforts of Mr. Tolchard. Today, Mr. Tolchard resides in Alascadero, CA and continues to enjoy hockey. Thank you Russell!
Tri Valley Blue Devils
The Tri Valley Blue Devils have the winning spirit in two forms. In a recent tournament in Salt Lake City over President’s Day weekend the Blue Devils posted a 3-1 record finding themselves in the championship game after beating two A teams and even a AA team. Following a tough loss in the championship game, the Blue Devils had dinner at Buca De Beppo. With a lot of leftover food, one parent suggested that the food should be donated to a local homeless shelter. The idea took flight and the team, led by a former local, headed down the street eight blocks to the shelter. The team took pizza, lasagna, pasta, bread, and even birthday cake to the local shelter, winning applause from Coach Ken Vonderach. Way to go Blue Devils!!!